• June 20, 2022

Joyce Hennings Injured in Truck Accident in Cedar County, IA

Cedar County, IA -- June 16, 2022, Joyce Hennings was injured due to an accident where Hennings's vehicle and a box truck collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:39 a.m. in the area of Highway 38 and County Road F44 and 290th Street.

Preliminary reports said that 76-year-old Joyce Hennings was in a Chevy Trailblazer traveling along Highway 38. Reports said that a box truck attempted to pass the Chevy, but a collision occurred as the truck moved back into Hennings's lane.

Due to the collision, Hennings reportedly had life-threatening injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Joyce Hennings Truck Accident in Cedar County

It's not entirely clear what happened here, but the most up to date images of this stretch of road that I can find show a two-lane, two-way highway. That means a vehicle passing someone would have to go into oncoming lanes, which can obviously be risky. The fact that driver apparently hit the vehicle they were passing only makes me wonder just what exactly went wrong here. Perhaps something unusual happened that driver couldn't reasonably avoid, but the more common explanation is the driver wasn't too aware of their surroundings. Investigating those factors can often prove more challenging than folks may realize.

Joyce Hennings Injured in Truck Accident in Cedar County, IA

For example, I handled a situation a while back in which a reckless truck driver caused a serious accident. When we looked into things, something stood out police never caught. That driver had almost no experience with commercial trucks. His employer essentially hired him, rushed him through all the vital safety training, and got him on the road as soon as possible. They cared more about getting trucks moving than the safety of the public or even their own employees. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.

With a situation like that, simply slapping the truck driver on the wrist wouldn't really address the actual problems that led to the crash. That would require ensuring the trucking company was held fully accountable, which is why evidence and unique legal tools are so important for victims and families. Like I said, it's possible nothing complicated led to this crash, but steps should always be taken to ensure victims and families are getting the answers they deserve.


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